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FEB
22
Date:
Wednesday, 22 Feb 2023
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
Must have registered for all sessions starting Feb. 1
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Online Registration Required, by the first session Feb. 1.
MSU & LCC Students only*
 The MSU Japanese Studies Program is pleased to offer a series of four workshops in Spring 2023 on Japanese popular culture & transmedia translation. While this workshop series presents Japanese materials, many of the takeaways will be relevant to anyone aspiring to work professionally as a translator. The language of instruction will be English, and all are welcomed, including those who do not have Japanese language backgrounds. Come join us!
Feb 1: Hitting the Ground Running with Technology in Translation (with David Evelyn & Jennifer O'Donnell)

Feb 8: Finding a Space of One's Own in Translation (with Elanie Paiz & Zack Davisson)

Feb 15: Sharpening Transmedia Translation Tools (with Kevin Ishizaka & Rina Mapa)

Feb 22: Empowering Strategies for Translators (with Jennifer Sherman & Katrina Leonoudakis)

Each workshop will include hands-on activities focusing on strategies and methodologies for translation.
 *We have reached the maximum capacity for public registration. Currently, the registration is open to MSU and Lansing Community College members only. We apologize for the inconvenience and invite you to look out for and participate in future virtual workshop series.
 This event is co-sponsored by Asian Studies Center, Japan Council, and Japanese Studies Program

 

FEB
23
Date:
Thursday, 23 Feb 2023
Time:
8:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center and online
Department:
Muslim Studies Program
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Measuring Muslim Publics: Curves, Columns, Spheres and Squares
February 23, 2023
Michigan State University, International Center, East Lansing, MI, USA
Hybrid format: 303 International Center and Online

Michigan State University is hosting an international conference entitled Measuring Muslim Publics: Curves, Columns, Spheres and Squares. This conference investigates who is 'the public' in public opinion? What effect does it have on politics? These questions have received a great deal of attention by scholars of American and European contexts where their contributions have taken on a universalistic overtone. Are these generalized assumptions valid in other societies - notably in Muslim-majority contexts? In addressing these questions, this conference aims to contribute to the interdisciplinary study of public opinion and 'the public' in Muslim contexts inside and outside of the Muslim world. 

Previous research on public opinion and the public often falls into one of the following metaphorical categories. Survey research aggregates individual attitudes into curves measuring supplies of cultural values and of political demands. Media studies interprets the public through the writing of columns by journalists and their contemporary electronic equivalents. Social movement theories investigate the contentious social and political behavior of protest and demonstrations in city squares. Theories of public spheres investigate both the discourses that shape collective norms and the institutional settings they reside in. 

Studies of public opinion from these various approaches in the Muslim world have increased in quantity and quality in recent years. However, researchers often fail to have conversations across both disciplinary boundaries and geographic scope. Area Studies specialists - of the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, or of Africa - may share interdisciplinary findings on their region of focus. Scholars within disciplines may use comparative research but without engaging with theories and methods from other fields. Moreover, with greater globalization of media and communications people hear, share (and 'like') content from beyond their own communities and nations. Yet, social media have also created information 'bubbles' while linguistic differences reflect lasting boundaries. Finally, do these theories and methods reflect imported or indigenous practices? While academic research on public opinion has been globalized in various disciplines, do the concerns of the field only reflect priorities from outside the regions they study? Thus, this conference seeks to foster a dialogue across disciplinary and geographic boundaries about research on public opinion and especially on who constitutes the public that it assumes. 

Online viewers register here.

8:00-8:15am Eastern Standard Time (EST)  Welcome  

8:15am-9:45am EST Panel 1: Investigating Gender  Moderator: Nazita Lajevardi

Shirin Zubair, "Embodied Performativity & Women's Emergence in the Public Sphere in Pakistan"

Shabana Mir, "Muslim Women Organizers: Making Change within and without" 

Lina Saud, "Of Veiled Women and Rich Arab Businessmen: Capturing the Different Subtypes of Muslims in the American Imagination"  

Afis Ayinde Oladosu and Habibat Oladosu-Uthman, "Private 'Curves' versus Public 'Columns': Constructing the Muslim Publics in West Africa"

10:00am-11:15am EST  Panel 2: Investigating Religion
Moderator: Ani Sarkissian

Leena Ghannam, "Wrinkling Urban Fabric: Topology of two Takiyas in 18th-century Ottoman Cairo"

Marwa Shalaby, "How Opposition Movements Use Legislative Powers in Authoritarian Regimes: Evidence from Islamist Groups in the Arab World"  

Geon Hassan, "The Impact of Threat Perception among Egyptians on the Disillusionment with Democracy after the Arab Spring"

11:15am-12:10pm EST   Lunch Break

12:10pm-1:00pm EST   Keynote by Amaney Jamal  (Princeton University)

1:15pm-2:45pm EST Panel 3: Investigating Media
Moderator: Emine Evered

Omair Anas, "The 'Muslim International' in the Ottoman-era Sebilurresad/Siratalmustakim"
Newzaira Khan, "Muslim Crisis: A comparative case study between the Rohingya & Uyghurs"  

Helen Murphey, "Populism after the Arab Uprisings: Who Represents the 'People'?  

Ayman Mohammad, Amr Madiand Camelia Suleiman, "Covid 19 in the Middle East: A Social Media Analysis"

3:00pm-4:30pm EST  Panel 4: Investigating Theory 

Kiran Phull, "Knowledge that Counts: On Polling and the Reclamation of Public Opinion in the Middle East"

Russell Lucas and Justin Gengler, "Survey Research in the Arab Gulf States: Between Technology Transfer and Cultural Imperialism"  

4:45pm-5:45pm EST   Keynote by Mark Tessler (University of Michigan)  

Follow updates here: https://muslimstudies.isp.msu.edu/about/conference/

Online viewers register here: https://muslimstudies.isp.msu.edu/about/reg-links

Date:
Thursday, 23 Feb 2023
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location:
Club Spartan, Case Hall (3rd Floor); also to the Youtube Livestream link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-N-B-2ZBjw
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Dr. Sasha Senderovich will discuss his new book, How the Soviet Jew Was Made, published by Harvard University Press in 2022. In his book, Dr. Senderovich offers a close reading of postrevolutionary Russian and Yiddish literature and film that recast the Soviet Jew as
a novel cultural figure: not just a minority but an ambivalent character navigating between the Jewish past and Bolshevik modernity.

Speaker: Dr. Sasha Senderovich is an Assistant Professor in Slavic Languages & Literatures and the Jackson School of International Studies, and a faculty affiliate at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. Together with Harriet Murav, he translated, from the Yiddish, David Bergelson’s novel Judgment (Northwestern University Press, 2017). Together with Harriet Murav, he is currently working on In the Shadow of the Holocaust: Short Fiction by Jewish Writers from the Soviet Union, a collection of stories by several different authors translated from both Yiddish and Russian. He has also published on contemporary Soviet-born immigrant Jewish authors in America. In addition to scholarly work, he has also published essays on literary, cultural, and political topics in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the New York Times, the Forward, Lilith, Jewish Currents, the Stranger, and the New Republic.

This event is organized by the Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel.

FEB
27
Date:
Monday, 27 Feb 2023
Time:
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location:
302 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Weekly introduction to Arabic language and culture for students in the Arabic Language Program. Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Center and the Muslim Studies Center.

MAR
14
Date:
Tuesday, 14 Mar 2023
Time:
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location:
Roo 303 International Center (Int. Ctr. courtyard also)
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Join us for festivities and all things Indian and South Asian once each month Spring semester (Jan. 24/Spring Fest; Feb. 21/film screening; March 14/Holikerang festival (Holi); April 18/Eid Milan).  Sponsored by the Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures Program. Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Center, and India Council. 

Date:
Tuesday, 14 Mar 2023
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location:
4th Floor MSU Library
Department:
Muslim Studies Program
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March 14, 7pm, Session led by David Wheat (History) focusing on Maria Rosa Menocal's acclaimed book, The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

APR
18
Date:
Tuesday, 18 Apr 2023
Time:
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Join us for festivities and all things Indian and South Asian once each month Spring semester (Jan. 24/Spring Fest; Feb. 21/film screening; March 14/Holikerang festival (Holi); April 18/Eid Milan).  Sponsored by the Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures Program. Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Center, and India Council. 

APR
26
Date:
Wednesday, 26 Apr 2023
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Muslim Studies Program
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2023 Muslim Studies Program Student Research Showcase

Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 7pm

Deadline for undergraduate and graduate paper submissions: March 31, 2023

Awards to be announced at the Showcase:

Graduate Student Paper Award ($500)

Published or unpublished papers (roughly 15-25 pages with complete works cited) must have been written between March 1, 2022, and the deadline, March 31, 2023

Undergraduate Student Paper Award ($500)

Published or unpublished papers (roughly 15-25 pages with complete works cited) must have been written between March 1, 2022, and the deadline, March 31, 2023

All submissions should be sent to Mohammad Khalil (khalilmo(at)msu.edu) and Mary Firdawsi (firdaws2(at)msu.edu)

showcase